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THE BODY AND SOCIETY – BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

BSA Ageing, Body and Society STUDY GROUP 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Critical Perspectives, Future Challenges

Friday July 6th 2012

The British Library Conference Centre, London

Keynote Address: Professor Barb Marshall (Trent University, Canada) who will speak on: ‘Ageing, Embodiment and Corporeality: Lessons for the Sociology of the Body’

Plenary Panel including: Professor Toni Calasanti (Virginia Tech, USA); Professor Paul Higgs (UCL, UK); Professor Chris Phillipson (Keele University, UK); and Professor Julia Twigg (University of Kent, UK)

Call for Abstracts and Invitation to Delegates

During the last five years our study group has been exploring the social, cultural and biological dimensions of our bodies as we grow older.  For our fifth annual conference we wish to take the opportunity to review our progress and debate and consider our future challenges. In particular, this one day conference seeks to bring together academics and researchers whose work focuses on ageing bodies or wish to widen their interests by exploring the embodied dimensions of their research.  We encourage researchers to share their perspectives on ‘ageing, body and society’ and welcome abstracts on different theoretical and methodological approaches, emergent ideas, work in progress, practitioner perspectives, and empirical findings.

We therefore invite abstracts for presentations that will be 15-20 minutes in length.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by Friday 20 April 2012 online at: http://bsas.esithosting.co.uk/public/abstract/Abstracts.aspx

Participants will be informed of the acceptance of their paper before the end of May 2012.

Further information: www.britsoc.co.uk/events/ageing

Abstract submission: http://bsas.esithosting.co.uk/public/abstract/Abstracts.aspx

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Ageing?

FUTURES OF AGEING: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND THE BODY

Monday July 19th at the British Library, London

We are delighted to announce the programme for our annual one day conference ‘Futures of Ageing: Science, Technology and the Body’ on Monday July 19th at the British Library, London.

In particular, we are delighted to present an excellent, dynamic and inter/national line up of keynotes, plenary papers, concurrent paper session, and posters. This includes:

Keynote address:

Professor Simon Williams (University of Warwick) ””Boosting the Brain?” Neuroculture, Active Ageing and Cognitive Decline’

Plenary papers:

Prof Joanna Latimer (Cardiff University) Intimations of (Im)mortality: how aging scientists debate the relation between the normal, the natural and the pathological.

Prof Paul Higgs (University  College London); Prof Ian Rees Jones (Bangor University) ‘Anti-Anti-Ageing’, progressive critique or conservative metaphysics?

Prof Stephen Katz (Trent University, Canada) Embodied Memory: Ageing, Neuroculture and the Genealogy of Mind

Prof Chris Gilleard; Prof Paul Higgs (University College London) Refusing to face the future?  Developments and tensions in the discourses of anti-aging surgery.

Plenary panel: Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens

Professor Barb Marshall (Trent University, Canada);

Louis Neven (University of Twente);

Dr Katie Brittain (Newcastle University, UK)

Chairs: Dr Kelly Joyce (College of William and Mary, USA) and Dr Meika Loe (Colgate University, USA)

We also have a wine reception sponsored by Wiley Blackwell and launch of the latest Sociology of Health and Illness monograph Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens

We very much hope you will join us for this exciting day of debate and discussion. 

We invite delegates to participate in this exciting area of study and if you wish to attend or hear more about the conference, please contact the British Sociological Association conference office at conference@britsoc.org.uk or alternatively download a booking form from http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/ageing

We hope to see you all soon! b/w Wendy and Julia, co-convenors

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